International Paper Commits To Second Year in the Fight for Literacy

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International Paper teams up with Coaching for Literacy to provide young students in six states the fundamental skill they need to be successful: literacy. 

Memphis, TN - (9.4.2018) - In celebration of International Literacy Day, International Paper announced that they are continuing to support Coaching for Literacy’s Fight for Literacy Games initiative to benefit school children from kindergarten to 3rd grade. 

 During Fight for Literacy Games, partnering coaching staffs wear the color green to promote literacy awareness across the country.

During Fight for Literacy Games, partnering coaching staffs wear the color green to promote literacy awareness across the country.

International Paper is set to contribute $500,000 to generate literacy awareness and provide critical financial support to advance the work of effective local literacy programs. International Paper will sponsor six Fight for Literacy Games during the 2018-2019 NCAA men’s basketball season with the following teams: Alabama, Iowa State, Georgia Tech, LSU, Memphis, and South Carolina. 

“Only 36% of 4th graders in the United States are reading at the proficient level,” said Coaching for Literacy executive director Ryan Viner. “International Paper’s sponsorship of the Fight for Literacy Games initiative provides hope that we can change the statistic and create brighter futures for children through the power of literacy.”

Last season, International Paper’s Fight for Literacy Games with LSU and Memphis men’s basketball helped children like Jaden, a rising 3rd grader in MTR Camp, a summer education initiative in Memphis. During five weeks of camp, he received valuable literacy instruction from trained coaches and read books like The Secret Garden provided through the support of International Paper.  

 Fight for Literacy Games equip young students with the literacy tools they need to be successful.

Fight for Literacy Games equip young students with the literacy tools they need to be successful.

“Thanks to generous donors and partners, we supported a summer reading initiative in Memphis and provided valuable books and materials to four literacy projects in Louisiana,” said Dr. Alissa Campbell Shaw, executive director of the International Paper Foundation. “The expansion of the program to six states promises to deliver more positive outcomes for students like Jaden in communities where our employees live and work.”

Coaching for Literacy’s 100% Impact Promise ensures each donation made by the general public will provide a direct, positive impact in the lives of aspiring readers at MTR Camp. To join International Paper in support of local literacy work through this season’s Fight for Literacy Games please visit www.fightforliteracygames.org

Sources: Annie E. Casey Foundation – www.aecf.org

About Coaching for Literacy

Thanks to the support of its partners, Coaching for Literacy has conducted 103 Fight for Literacy Games funding over 75 literacy projects across more than 20 communities in 16 states and directly impacting over 10,000 children. The mission of Coaching for Literacy is to use the power of sports to raise awareness about the problem of illiteracy and generate financial support for literacy programs nationwide.

To learn more about how you can make a difference for literacy efforts in your community, visit coachingforliteracy.org.

About International Paper

International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa, Russia and India. International Paper produces corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable world-wide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness; and papers that facilitate education and communication.

International Paper is headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., and employs approximately 52,000 colleagues located in more than 24 countries. Net sales for 2017 were $22 billion. For more information about International Paper, their products, and global citizenship efforts, please visit internationalpaper.com.

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